HalehMashian’s work initially gained notoriety through a display of watercolor and chromatic paintings that embellished the walls of her MASH Gallery in Los Angeles.
The atmosphere at MASH gallery is one of enthusiasm, distinctiveness, and nuanced conversations over artistic expressions. Mashian creates contemporary paintings in vibrant colors that communicate her innovative technique and exploratory characteristics. Mashian’sartwork is lush with brilliant hues and is finely detailed, evidently fashioned by a talented artist’s hand.
Sacred Waters is a comprehensive visual experience wherein the fluid qualities of water and the ocean are embodied through paint, palette, and composition. The ocean’s waves serve as Mashian’s paramount inspiration.
Mashian says, “As an artist, I know how important it is to experience art in real life and the power it has to connect people.”
Mashian invests her heart into her creations, every collage and impasto painting intertwined with personality and soul. Mashian investigates the interplay of color, space, and energy in her illustrations; her art is enthralling, each piece appears to be more complicated and daring than the last.
Mashian describes her artistic style in a statement, “My work is often a reflection – an intimate journey that walks inside the mirror of my life.”
The characteristics of water are embodied in Mashian’s winter collection. The fluidity and divergence, the juxtaposition of the water’s core traits, undefined by any singular definition. Tranquility and power, waxing and waning, receding and cascading, luster and monochromatic, acuity and hollow.
“Each wave is unique, but part of a whole that is constantly rising, yet surrendering to the mass of the ocean—only to rise again,” says Mashian of her muse. “It’s symbolic of the cycle of life and death.”
Mashian depicts water as a purifying, encompassing liquid that, with its revitalizing and continual motion, simultaneously dissolves detritus and comforts the senses. Water, in this respect, acts as both a material and its remedy—it nourishes and purifies both the physical and the spirit.
“Water preserves and water destroys,” Mashian continues. “I tapped into the energy of water—constantly creating, destroying and also preserving. I felt the ebb and flow in my approach to doing these series, with a very fierce calm energy. Water is never stuck. When the weather is cold, water changes to ice, with heat comes it becomes vapor. When something is in its path, water goes around it or waits patiently till it gathers enough force to conquer its obstacle.”
MASH gallery’s newest collection incorporates Mashian’s signature captivating tones, vibrant patterns, and striking motifs. Mashian invites her audiences to embrace an individualistic style by integrating her own artistic panache into her exquisite paintings.
Mashian’s art encourages viewers to reintroduce themselves to traits that mirror the characteristics of water; that is, the tranquil fluidity and the continuous movements: the ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes, luster and roughness, and ripples and serenity. The mechanics and physical attributes of water are observed in Mashian’s newest collection. Sweetened mulberry dissolving into crimson, glinting viridescent emerald blending with the sheen of ultramarine and turquoise, glacial creams and blinding cloud whites, the pale rays of buttery yellow, and the contrast of rich violet and blackened purple.
“We can have the courage to rise, the willingness to surrender to what comes our way.” Mashian explains. “It’s the practice of no resistance, embracing the flux. It’s the comfort of knowing we can be like water and emulate its fluid characteristics.”
Similar to the stability and persistent serenity of the ocean, individuals worldwide have maintained composure and courage as COVID-19 paints over the globe in melancholic hues of grays and blacks, threatening to shake the balance. Despite the uncanny events happening outside, last year’s quarantining has encouraged expression and has reignited diminished creativity. Mashian’s personal release of artistic articulation serves as a warm welcome back to the colors and serenity of normality.
“Water knows intuitively when to take a stance and when to let go—a feminine quality,” Mashian adds. “SACRED WATERS is the visual representation of my flotation journey to a state of creative release.”